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976 Re: Film Thread on Sun Jun 03, 2012 4:29 pm

Guys, I'm so exicted!

The Alein series(which this is a prequil of) introduced the monster that helped shape my interest in science when I was a kid. For that, I'm going to do everything in my power to convince my bro to take me to it on friday.
I'm trying to watch that trailer but for some reason it's refusing to load. Ugh.



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977 Re: Film Thread on Sun Jun 03, 2012 4:50 pm

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I loved Alien and Aliens but I haven't seen the other two. I saw AvP: Requiem and it put me off seeing the rest of the franchise. So Prometheus is supposed to be the prequel to the whole thing? I thought they covered the whole Alien genesis story in AlienvPredator.

Dewmann wrote:I'm pretty sure the one meant to be taken as canon is that doesn't have the narration and also doesn't have a
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happy ending.
I saw the "The Ridley Scott-approved Director's Cut (1992, 116 minutes)"
I think I might try and find a copy of the earlier and most recent versions, just to compare.

Gorgro wrote:I thought he lost all pretence of seriousness by Dead Man's Chest. There was at least some mystery and possibility to expand the character a bit in the first one, but then they just made it more and more so he'd be just the comic relief character and nothing else.
Yes, agree. My memory is a bit fuzzy but I still think in the first film he was so complex and from DMC and onwards they were mainly just using the character to pull gags. I think character development is the key to outstanding film; all the shiny effects and pretty music in the world wont change a bad film if the personae aren't fleshed-out.

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978 Re: Film Thread on Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:34 am

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Just finished watching How To Train Your Dragon again. Even though it's a fairly standard story and the characters have a tendency to fall into the familiar kids film territory, I really like it. It's got some really touching moments and a fantastic soundtrack and it often reaches levels of seriousness a lot of Dreamworks films are beginning to demonstrate.

Okay, they aren't Pixar, but I think Dreamworks have made some really great films over the years. Antz, The Prince of Egypt, Shrek 2, Megamind...they're pretty good sometimes.

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979 Re: Film Thread on Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:07 am

Watching V for Vendetta for the 8th time. Still epic.

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981 Re: Film Thread on Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:09 pm

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Guys...you guys...guys...dude, guys, seriously...Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. See this movie. Read the book. In whichever order. I'm dead serious that this movie is really straining my maxim that the book is always better...[]

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982 Re: Film Thread on Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:44 pm

Belated review powers activate!
Here's a breif review of Promethieus. But first, let's explore a few things surounding the series and the name.
Prometheis was a Titan, a race that ruled Olympius before the gods came in and kicked them out. Because Prometheis sided with them, he was saved from the "punishment" (punishment implies that the Titans did wrong to the gods when they where in power, when honestly they where not, so what the gods did to them was a war crime) that he would had suffered otherwise. He made man out of clay and water, and when Zeus treated them wrong, he stole fire and knowlage from the gods. He was cast into the Earth and was constantlly attacked by birds.
Now, here's the spoiler part of this exploration of the movie background, so don't read this until you see the movie. That's if you care anywyas.
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Basiclly, the Prometheis is a exploraton/research ship made with one perpose: to find the beginning of man by finding the belived creators of mankind, the Engineers. Not only was this to find our beginning, but to make a new one with techknology beond our imagination.
As you would know if you watched the movie, the Engineers created us and later had plans to distroy us before things backfired on them. Why, the moive doesnt' tell, but that's for us not to know and the woman and the andriod to learn in a possible sequal(my greatest prayer for the possible sequal is for it not to be this brand of freaky). I have an idea as to why though. We where too much like them, and they found that we learned fast, and where afraid of what would happen if we got our hands on their techknology. This has some connections to Prometheis the Titan, I do belive. There is proof in the movie that the Engineers had interactions with humans(shown by various prehistoric art) and I think that Prometheis would be inspired by an Engineer who adored the humans a little too much. Perhaps that is him in the art, warning future generations of things to come. Maybe that was him in the beginning, drinking the solution, killing himself and spilling his tainted DNA into the water to create life on Earth. Etheir way, if an engineer did inspire the tale of Promethius, whatever he did didn't meet the aproval of the others and warrented the distruction of the humans.
Now, here's the really interesting thing. The Xenomorphs, the aleins, where created by the incorrect deliverence of the punishment that the Engineers had for the humans. They where almost litterally born from the Engineer's god complex and the human's advancement. It was amaseing to see their beginnings,but I wish they had delived it with a differnt method, as I well mention in my review.
Now to the review. What I will say right away is that this is not Alien as you know it kids.
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As facinating as it was, this movie, for the lack of a better word, was disgusting yet amasing, at some part awe inspireing for both old time fans of the Alien series and biologists(me being both, it was a double whammy).
This was not the kind of movie that the other Aliens movies where. There isn't that some layer of suspence at least for me, and it's a totally differnt kind of graphic when s*** hits the fan. It's a lot worse for me, the graphic stuff, and it's really hard to explain why. When you see it you'll see what I mean.
There are also a lot of plot holes. I'm not going into details, I'm not in the mood to have to really rake my memory to get all of them, but there where a few.
It wasn't my kind of movie and it is flawed, but the part that made it all worth it was the unveiling of how the Xenomorphs came into existence:
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from a human mother.

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983 Re: Film Thread on Sat Jun 23, 2012 3:10 pm

Snow White and the Huntsman is so crappy I couldn't focus on how crappy it was. It was so, so shitty.
Rock of Ages was really lame, but it was an entertaining lame. Maybe I'm just a sucker for musicals, but the music was pretty bad so maybe that wasn't the case?

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984 Re: Film Thread on Sun Jun 24, 2012 4:41 pm

So I watched Red Tails last night, and I thought it was pretty damn good. The premise involves the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of black pilots who proved themselves to be exceptional in duty towards the system that doubted their abilities solely due to their race. Specifically, the movie centers around a squad of pilots and what they went through as they were entrusted with more and more responsiblities as the institution became less and less racist.

An interesting thing to note is that this movie was in Development Hell for several years because Hollywood Execs thought a movie was a cast made up almost entirely of unfamilliar black actors would never be successful. Unfortunatley, it seems that they were right, as the movie did poorly at the box office. It certainly had its faults, but those faults aren't responsible for the lack of people showing up to the theater.
So basically, a movie about a group of black people who no one thought could be successful just because of their race turned out to not be successful because people didn't think that the film could be good just because of their race.
HISTOWEY REPEA'S ISSELF IS DE LESSON FO' TAHDAY CHILLUNS.

Onto a more in-depth review...

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As I said before, the movie centers largely on the squad of pilots: The leader "Easy," the reckless ace pilot "Lightning," the religoius "Deacon" ("Deke"), the young "Junior," (Who doesn't like his nickname and prefers to be called "Ray Gun,") and the self-explanatory "Joker."
Now, the movie focused more on Easy, Lightning, and Junior in terms of development, with the other pilots seeming less three dimensional by comparison, but the character development the movie does show is done very well. Unlike the standard trope of the leader and the reckless ace constantly agruing, Easy and Lightning get along pretty well, as even though Lightning does go against orders, whenever he does so he manages to exceed expectations. As a result of this, the scenes where they do get into fierce arguments are much more serious in tone.
At the same time, Easy isn't a perfect leader himself, as he has a drinking problem that gets worse and worse as his stress builds up, to the point where he's drinking on duty, and Lightning confronts him about this. I also found him really relatable to myself, as he makes a pretty boneheaded decision that ends up in disaster, and that's the point where his drinking gets really bad as he beats himself up over it, like I tend to do (Minus the drinking, but who knows if that'll change?)

There's also a romance subplot between Lightning and an Italian girl he meets off duty named Sophia, which felt kind of out of place, although historically it made sense, as plenty of American soldiers fell in love with European girls, and athough we as the audience are likely meant to see this as a big anti racism message, the film doesnn't get preachy about it, focusing more on the relationship while barely mentioning the fact that it's interracial.

Without giving away much of the plot, the film's first half is mostly about the bureaucratic struggles to give the Tuskegee Airmen the right to fly more important missions than what they were normally given, and the second hhalf deals iwth them proving themselves as a whole, while the squad we focus on in particular deals with this step up. The squad gets thinner, the story gets more serious, and overall, it conveys the tale of the Tuskegee Airmen quite well, while at the same time giving us specific relatable characters with their own story.



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985 Re: Film Thread on Tue Jun 26, 2012 3:27 pm

Just came back from watching Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Just as I thought: completely retarded, but still nicely filled with action, so I suppose it's worth a watch if you feel like learning that
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vampires lived in the South and used slavery as an excuse to farm Blacks for blood.

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986 Re: Film Thread on Tue Jun 26, 2012 3:37 pm

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Brave was a beautiful movie, but the actual storyline was disappointing for Pixar-Disney.

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987 Re: Film Thread on Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:22 pm

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was an amazing work of cinema...instant classic, especially if you've read the book. []

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988 Re: Film Thread on Fri Jun 29, 2012 2:23 am

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Got around to seeing Ed Wood; I really liked it.
Johnny Depp is good in that I don't see him as "Johnny Depp" when I watch a film. Patricia Arquette is Patricia Arquette, though, she can go to hell.

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989 Re: Film Thread on Fri Jun 29, 2012 2:56 am

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I couldn't stand that movie. I didn't even finish it, I just got so intensely bored by it I had to turn it off and do something else.

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990 Re: Film Thread on Fri Jun 29, 2012 3:21 am

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It was pretty boring, yeah. It's a biopic so I guess it's understandable.
I don't think there are many biopics out there with stunning a storyline.

I still really liked it despite it being pretty boring. Ed was a good character; it's nice to see a male character that isn't "grrr look at my muscles and veins"

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991 Re: Film Thread on Fri Jun 29, 2012 5:48 am

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You want to see a mediocre film? Watch The Tale of Despereaux. Ugh. It's been in our Sky box for about two years so I thought I'd watch it while everyone else was out and...God, it just doesn't do anything brilliantly.

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